ISBN 9788184005998,The Scatter Here is Too Great

The Scatter Here is Too Great


Bilal Tanweer


Random House



Random House

Publication Year 2014

ISBN 9788184005998

ISBN-10 8184005997


Number of Pages 214 Pages
Language (English)


One Karachi afternoon, as cars and people crowd onto a busy street in the middle of town, a bomb explodes. Nothing will be the same again for the lives torn apart by the blast-an ageing communist poet whose only occupation is ranting at people in buses, his estranged son, a high-flying businessman who yearns for the love of his own children, a young woman who spins tales for her little brother to conceal her heartbreak, a pistol-packing youth whose job is to find loan defaulters. And in the midst of this, a reluctant writer struggles to find words for his broken city. Told in a rich variety of voices, 'The Scatter Here is Too Great' gives a human heart to a city of inhuman violence. Awards Shortlisted for the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize 2014 Quotes of Praise A superb and genuinely exciting debut. Bilal Tanweer does not lie to his characters, nor does he lie to his reader and that is the definition of love. He assembles a story of Karachi through lovingly collected fragments. By the end of this book he had made me see that certain things are more beautiful and valuable for having been broken. - Nadeem Aslam, author of Maps for Lost Lovers Bilal Tanweer uses his many gifts as a writer to evoke a Karachi of humour, violence, frustration, love-and breath-taking stories at every turn. A wonderful debut - Kamila Shamsie, author of Burnt Shadows A beautiful debut. A blood-soaked love letter to Karachi - Mohammed Hanif, author of 'A Case of Exploding Mangoes' Its beautiful fragments coalesce to form an elaborate, haunting portrait of urban Pakistan, one that is rich with acute sociological detail and subtle existential contemplation - Guardian The most promising fiction debut in the subcontinent - Mint Strong, honest, convincing an ode to a city - Friday Times A compassionate look at a violent city - Indian Express These tales are riveting, taut, insightful and superbly written - Asian Age Hard-hitting, candid and everyday-like - Mid Day A stellar debut Tanweer is out to capture every sight and sound of Karachi through his stories. He is not content just walking down its alleys and homes-he peers into minds as easily as one would look inside the windows. Tanweer notes details only a local can know, but puts them down with the punctiliousness of someone who is seeing Karachi for the first time and does not want to miss a thing - Sunday Mid Day Reading Bilal Tanweers first novel was a ridiculously enjoyable experience - Time Out With such artistry of words , Bilal Tanweer has managed to gain a lot of praise from a range of critics - Alive About the Author Bilal Tanweer, recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, including a Fulbright Scholarship for an MFA in creative writing at Columbia University, has been published by Granta magazines New Voices, 'The UK-based Critical Muslim' (Edited by Ziauddin Sardar) and 'The Lifes Too Short Literary Review' (Hachette, India). He is also the recipient of a PEN scholarship and has translated Ibn-e Safis House of Fear for Random House India.`